Wednesday, 20 April 2016
The Dog And The Wolf
"...between the Dog and the Wolf there is only the Law."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: The Dog And The Wolf (London, 1989), p. 504.
In Prince Of Sparta by Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, when Colonel Peter Owensford of Falkenberg's Legion sees the rebel leader, Skida Thibodeau, he thinks:
"The dog and the wolf..."
-Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 967.
The Legion observes the Laws of War whereas the rebels attack civilians and kill prisoners. The Legion is a guard dog whereas the rebels are wolves. Thibodeau talks about "Revolution" but meanwhile thinks about interstellar expansion:
"...when the Democratic Republic started building up its navy." (p. 965)
"Revolution" means a society where no one builds navies or it means nothing. But I meant to focus on the significance of "the dog and the wolf," not to return us to the meaning of "Revolution." Having just returned from the monthly gathering of our modest sf group, I must now read Pournelle's and Stirling's account of the meeting between leaders of the two sides in the Spartan civil war.